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New pictures from The Gambia

Recently, photographer Piers Golden visited The Gambia to explore the country's colourful culture, and came back with some beautiful images...
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The Djembe, the rhythm of West Africa

One reason I enjoy visiting The Gambia so much is the vibrant musical tradition found there. Most significant, for me at least, is the rhythm of the djembes.
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5 authentic experiences to enjoy in The Gambia

Seek to experience the real character and identity of The Gambia during your holiday by engaging with the authentic side of the country.
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An exciting new school in The Gambia

Earlier this year the Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music opened its doors to the first of its pupils. During my last trip to The Gambia, I paid them a visit.
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Quirky hotel features in The Gambia and Senegal

Discover some of the inspired creations which can be found inside some of our hotels.
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Review: 6 Tours in 1 Excursion

Markets, wrestling, crocodiles and beautiful beaches, the 6 Tours in 1 Excursion is a fabulous introduction to Gambian life and culture.
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A Traditional West African Wedding Celebration

A wonderful day at a friend's traditional West African wedding in The Gambia.
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Sona Jobarteh's Single Dedicated to The Gambia Released Today

Earlier this year, musician Sona Jobarteh, from London, announced the coming of a new song and video to be dedicated to her ancestral home, The Gambia, which she works hard to promote.
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Toumaranke's debut CD, bringing you the polyphonic sounds of West Africa

Chris Sylla, who has written a number of fascinating articles for this blog about West African instruments, tells us about the challenge, as well as the ultimate joy, of working on a recording project
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The krin, the African log drum

Thanks to Chris Sylla for this, the third in a series of features about traditional West African musical instruments found in The Gambia.
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The bolon, a rarely seen member of the harp family

Following on from a fascinating post about the balafon, here is the second in a series of features about traditional musical instruments found in The Gambia and neighbouring countries by Chris Sylla.
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Traditional Gambian Food and Drink

Delight your taste buds and expand your culinary experiences in The Gambia.
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The story of the balafon, an ancient West African musical instrument

The balafon, similar in appreance to a Europran Xylophone, dates back to the courts of the Mandinka Empire and is still a popular West African instrument today.
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A sense of community

Guest author, Rhiannon Lewis, reflects on things she learnt during 3 months living in The Gambia, working at Lemon Creek Hotel.
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Review: Cooking with Ida - Fish Benechin

In this popular excursion you not only get hands on experience preparing a traditional Gambian dish, you get the chance to visit a thriving fish market and shop with the locals.
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